2000 Lafite Rothschild- 750 ml
Wine Critic Reviews:
James Suckling | 100 JS
Well, well, well - Lafite Rothschild does it again. Ever since manager Charles Chevalier was transferred from his beloved Sauternes property of Rieussec (also owned by the Rothschilds) to Lafite in 1994, there has been a succession of profound wines to emerge from this noble estate. The 2000 Lafite Rothschild, a blend of 93.3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.7% Merlot (only 36% of the crop made the grade) has an opaque ruby/purple color, followed by an extraordinary aromatic expression of liquid minerals/stones interwoven with the tell-tale graphite notes, mulberry, black currants, caramel, and tobacco. In the mouth, it is remarkably light on its feet, but somehow seems to pack intense flavors into layer upon layer of fruit and richness that cascade over the palate. A compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness in spite of what are obviously elevated levels of tannin, this wine was provocatively open and beautiful when tasted in January and February, but I am sure it will soon close down. The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds! This is utterly fascinating stuff. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2050.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 100 RP
Well, well, well - Lafite Rothschild does it again...A compelling wine, with extraordinary precision, great intensity, and a seamlessness in spite of what are obviously elevated levels of tannin...The finish lasted a whopping 72 seconds...
Robert Parker | 100 RP-HG
The 2000 Lafite-Rothschild is utterly sublime. Delicate, sensual and wonderfully nuanced, the 2000 is majestic. The purity of the fruit is simply striking.
Vinous Media | 98 VM
This is remarkably young, with a deep well of succulent black currant, fig and blackberry fruit notes that feel 10 years younger than most peers, carried by wave upon wave of velvety tannins. Despite the density and heft, there's glorious length and finesse too, with alluring black tea, smoldering charcoal and warm paving stone notes just starting to emerge. Awesome wine.--Blind 2000 Bordeaux retrospective (December 2015). Best from 2018 through 2043. 16,000 cases made.
Wine Spectator | 98 WS
| 95 W&S
Sokolin 2000 Lafite Rothschild Tasting Notes:
Let the dark ruby hue of the wine pull you in, like a lover's arms at midnight. You will be led through an enchanted forest, inhaling all of its scents and flavors as you go. It may be hard to snap out of the fantasy once you being sampling this wine, but at some point, the finish will escort you out, and you'll want another ticket for the same ride. Drink slowly, and deconstruct thoroughly.
|Country||France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.|
|Region||Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!|
|Type of Wine||Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red|
|Varietal||Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.|
Quite drinkable and thirst-quenchingA bit too fruity for my taste, but still an amazing wine. I prefer stronger drinks with more alcohol, but my girlfriend talked me into trying this Bordeaux wine, she said it was one of the most famous in the world so I said yes. I don't regret it though, it was quite a pleasure.<br/><br/>It was complex, I believe because it felt like it had multiple layers that I could taste one by one. Quite drinkable and thirst-quenching. We paired it with beef and I think they go together very well. <br/><br/>Maybe not the best wine I've had so far, but certainly a great one. The waiter told us it's going to be better in ten years or so, so I may come back to try it then.
Fireworks! An explosion of full-bodied wine in my mouthThose who know me also know that I'm the biggest fan of French wines you'll ever meet. I almost refuse to try anything else, I think other wines will just ruin it for me.<br/><br/>I tried this Lafite at a dinner party - I brought it! And I was stunned. I couldn't stop talking about the wine the whole evening. Rothschild has always been in my top 5 best French wines, but this one I believe ranks first from now on. Fireworks! An explosion of full-bodied wine in my mouth, some brilliant fruit flavors, layered and beautifully combined, with a gorgeous finish. It lasted for a full minute, as I recall.<br/><br/>I must find another bottle and keep it for a few more years. I can't even imagine it, but experts say they expect it to be even better.